New International Version
So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.
King James Bible
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Darby Bible Translation
So that ye bear witness of yourselves that ye are sons of those who slew the prophets:
World English Bible
Therefore you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets.
Young's Literal Translation
So that ye testify to yourselves, that ye are sons of them who did murder the prophets;
Matthew 23:31 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ye be witnesses - Ye acknowledge that ye are the children of those murderers, and ye are about to give full proof that ye are not degenerated.
There are many who think that, had they lived in the time of our Lord, they would not have acted towards him as the Jews did. But we can scarcely believe that they who reject his Gospel, trample under foot his precepts, do despite to the Spirit of his grace, love sin, and hate his followers, would have acted otherwise to him than the murdering Jews, had they lived in the same times.
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LibraryThe Morality of the Gospel.
Is stating the morality of the Gospel as an argument of its truth, I am willing to admit two points; first, that the teaching of morality was not the primary design of the mission; secondly, that morality, neither in the Gospel, nor in any other book, can be a subject, properly speaking, of discovery. If I were to describe in a very few words the scope of Christianity as a revelation,  I should say that it was to influence the conduct of human life, by establishing the proof of a future state …
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity
First Attempts on Jerusalem.
On Attending the Church Service
Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus.
But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous.
And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!
Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
"You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him--
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